The Interface Formally Known As Sky Drive
110 posts • joined 28 Jun 2009
having proved my point of a trouble free summer (bet the equivalent of bonus on the solution) we now have a proper unit in our small server room/cupboard.
the old unit now keeps me cool in summer in my office/cupboard.
This would mean that say most of the results from a "big boobies" image search on Google would be filtered.
But what about Facebook and Twitter, for example would the EvilPostman (NSFW!) on twitter be filtered, or some of the Facebook groups which can also be very raw.
We are probably better teaching the kids to filter themselves and keep safe.
Errh! No we use it because it is free and I personally always ignore the adverts on apps anyway.
I'll just find something else from another upstart offering free services in order to build market share before being sold to a VC fund - using other people money.
Not for indecent images, but sending messages to colleagues and my kids that don't have to be permanent - so sort of another version of simple verbal communication, such as messy image of bedroom with message of "Tidy room please!"
The ability to mix image and text simply is great.
Image of server with lights on and text "Up and running! :)"
Much easier than using most other systems for this quick mix of visual (even movie) and text messaging.
I use Acronis and EaseUS, both I have found very good for recovery.
I find EaseUS much cheaper, but the secure zone on Acronis is very good with a dedicated drive.
Both allow you to use a USB stick to boot recovery.
Also windows backup is much better these days.
Though I am sure others will also make suggestions.
Got one server with BE and I really don't like it - very clunky and don't trust it in a disaster : stuck with it as the international software provider loves BE for the main software on it and insists on it as part of their support contract. BE scares the "pants" out of me as the menus are not very intuitive.
I have seen this issue a few times in the UK with Christians (666,333) and religious and non religious people with number 13 and people from Asia (basically any number with a 4, 12, 6).
So anything that tracks an employee I generally start from 1000 or 10000 - I know some of the phobia's to certain numbers seem silly and illogical to some of us - but some of these people are genuinely scared as though the system or someone is hexing them - it is easier and cheaper to just adapt deployment settings in the long run.
I can remember installing a phone system where the owner wanted the internal phone system starting with a 6 - and yes you guessed it he wanted 666 (because people would think twice about the need to call him with a trivial matter before they could solve it themselves - I have to say it did work.)
As long as the true costs (not necessarily monetary) are reflected fairly and clearly.
With all present nuclear fuel there is an undisclosed cost with storage of waste materials and with many renewables there is an undisclosed cost be it dead birds, visual impact, noise etc..
There is also an undisclosed cost for fossil fuels with regard to defence/war costs and the lives of our people sent to some distant land to be possibly maimed or die - just to keep the oil flowing because we have no political alternative fuel source!
All energy for our use has certain costs involved in the production and distribution - what those true costs really are composed of is often hidden from view not allowing a balanced decision to be made by the people.
I personally find Lovelock has a reasonable pragmatic approach to these costs, but again it is down to the individuals interpretation of say the value of a bird or human life.
When you think about it IOS and Android are generally working in a virtual asset world.
Windows is moving that way with it's App store.
And a great choice of other entertainment media film (Netflix, LoveFilm, YouTube) Music (Spotify, Deezer ) is delivered without real physical media or ownership taking place.
Once you enter the virtual media supply chain actually getting valid data will be more challenging as the off shoring the sale will be much easier.
Where as I used to buy a CD for say £15.99 I now rent from Spotify for £9.99 per month (so I probably paid 50p for the virtual CD, possibly less with the amount of music I listen too).
So no surprise if it looks like sales are heading south!
Also it will not surprise me if PS4 has no Blue Ray drive and Xbox 720 no DVD player - things are moving that fast.
I've done my own home system, the biggest costs were the 500l solar tank (mine has 4 coils plus Emerson (never needed)), then SS pipe work, then pumps, then controller, then panels (China import).
Overall cost was £4.5k, payback will be around 6-8 years, did a lot of the fit myself.
Would I do it again? yes!
It got me also into installing woodburning boilers, quarterly gas bill now £25, instead of say the winter quarter bill being £700, I'd recommend it to anyone as long as you do your homework and appreciate that to get the payback you really need to stay in the house a fair few years.
Been following the PV panels for a while, might do it one day - but the efficiency needs to be higher to justify it at the moment, biggest cost again is not the panels - but the other stuff, inverters, cable, scaffolding, roof anchors.
Yes, I agree the sealing of users apps is a pain, shame really as most Apps will be common through a family or even company of users and just the username access to the App needs to change for say email, Facebook, cloud etc....
This is the only thing which ruins the multiuser approach for a single device.
Oh, one last thing (and I can see this being a killer feature that the others will copy at some point) android now supports multi user on the tablets so I don't have to have the kids junk on my 'profile' any more. The family can truly share a single tablet.
That is why I have switched at home and also pretty useful in the business environment too.
You really need to grow up!
I pass a comment on the gadget, and suddenly you are having a go at me implying that I have no interest in my dog and that he is a fashion accessory and I should give him away.
What the hell are you on about?
He is a rescue dog not some "show dog" fashion accessory, he comes with me shooting.
He is not my friend - he is my dog - but like a mongrel dog he will hump anything on heat, if that means jumping over 6 foot fence he will do it.
Yes - I still think you are an arse, but an unnecessarily aggressive arse!
Bought some small credit card sized touch screen java phones a couple of years back £15 each (they were K9 model), they were great for receiving calls and the ring tones were great - no one and I mean no one had my ring tone on their phone. They were great for times when you needed to leave the expensive branded phone at home boating, beach etc....
Really enjoyed using them - until the time when I needed to make an outgoing call at that point I might as well have gone to the nearest pay phone - mental menus!
Obviously took a backup of my W7 system first.
I spent the first three days staring at my screen wondering how I get rid of the tiles and wondering where my desktop was (had very similar experience with that Ubuntu) - finally I installed classic shell and got my W7 look and feel back.
Overall with classic shell the ordinary user will be fine, W8 does have some useful friendly features, though the Apps are very lacking particularly the mail client - but there again I am used to Outllook with drag and drop for calendar meeting from email. No Facebook client at mo ( yes I need it for work). Twitter not bad. Though much easier using browser when you have a keyboard and mouse.
Still making judgement - but pleased to say it isn't that spawn of Satan called Vista!
Someone nicked to copper from outside providers site (which was in fact fibre) and we had no contact for 3 days with our cloud services and media.
Also you have to rely on the provider's availability and recovery plans, which may not be a robust as they say they are as until you see them in action yourself you should not rely on what you are told in some sales man's spiel or an advert.
Backups we do it by Wi-Fi to a remote location (helps if you know other businesses in the area with similar issues) along with taking physical backup discs home with us (all encrypted etc..).
We have been using W7 since late 2011, users and myself are happy with that as a stable OS.
I am more interested how the W8 on a tablet and the integration with our existing software - presently using Apple Fondle Slabs (and happy with quality but a little expensive).
After all when you go round Tesco, all you hear are the WM5 sounds on handheld scanners.
I think this is where the main sales will be made and integration with existing windows business software all on the same or similar platform, this is effectively a business table addition and update for the old windows mobile platform – of which we still have a number of these devices still in service.
The added advantage of a Windows Fondle Slab is that though they are portable they are not as desirable as iPads – so less of a theft risk.
You can delegate the thereby:
1. Offshore the process
2. Outsource the Process
But you cannot and should not try to
Delegate your responsibility if things go wrong unless you have lots of legal papers signed and an independent third party checking what you are proposing is the best LONGTERM decision.
I still see this in some management I meet; just because they have delegated a job or task that they are somehow devoid of responsibility when it goes wrong.
This trait is often proportional to how high up the tree the manager is!
I still meet some Directors who have no responsibilities at all as they have delegated them all to middle managment or worse an outside consultant!
That's the top end of my budget, with umpteen kids it's not worth buying decent kit.
What I would love to see on el' reg occasionally is what is the best TV or Projector etc.. I can get for around £500.
I know this goes against the purpose of the hardware section, but would be great to see this occasionally. :)
By the way nice review.
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